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17 Different Types of Showerheads: Which One’s to Try?

Different Types of Shower Heads
Written by Jenny Molin

Showers are magical places where we let go of all inhibitions. We sing, we dance, we devise brilliant plans or botched ones.

You might need a showerhead because yours is faulty, or you’re renovating and want something new. No matter what, get familiar with different types of showerheads and see which one can give you a better experience!

Different Types of Shower Heads

1. Wall-mounted


Showerheads mounted on walls are 5 inches in size at their maximum. You can adjust the spray direction, but you cannot change the shower itself it is fixed to the wall. They are affordable, maintenance-free, and readily available. As a result, it has a lower risk of failure.

2. Rainfall


You can install a wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted waterfall showerhead for a special treat. The usual sizes range from six to 12 inches. As long as there are pipes in the ceiling, you can mount them there.

3. Filtered


Water in some areas contains a greater amount of chemicals. A standard showerhead will not remove chlorine, calcium, or sulfur minerals in hard water.

You need a showerhead with an effective filter that can filter out the impurities in hard water.

4. Ceiling


As the name suggests, the head gets mounted to the ceiling to simulate rain. The ceiling showerhead is larger and more expensive compared to a regular one.

5. Handheld


Invest in a handheld showerhead; they’re convenient, inexpensive, and easy to use. You can also use it to wash your pets or give your sweet kids a bath.
Usually, they get mounted on walls and have a flexible hose made from metal or plastic. Metal shower hoses are very durable. If you already own the mount and hose, you can buy the showerhead on its own.

6. Smart


A smart shower is a device that incorporates smart technology into traditional fixtures. The devices may have features such as Bluetooth speakers and smartphone controls. The water pressure, temperature, and water consumption also come with unique features.

7. Sliding bar/rail

Sliding bar

Is there a range of heights in your family? It is possible to accommodate this by using a sliding rail/bar showerhead. With a wide range of prices to choose from, every home can find the right rail showerhead. In addition, many come with a variety of spray patterns.

Although the rail slides along the wall, it takes up more room than the typical wall-mounted type.

8. Low-pressure


They operate efficiently using low water pressure and include features like rainfall and massage.

They will reduce your water bills and save you a lot of money in the long run.

9. Aerating


Aerated showerheads provide a smooth flow of water with water and air. The air gets sucked into the water through ducts to aerate it and make it look like the flow rate is higher.

Showerheads like this are water-efficient, but there are some drawbacks. First of all, bacteria can grow in water that does not drain from the showerhead. If you turn on the shower again, the bacteria will spray on you!

10. Adjustable

height adjustable shower head

The adjustable spray patterns are still basic but they provide a great deal more flexibility than single spray heads. This type offers up to 12 different spray patterns.

11. Massage


Showerheads with massage functions are exactly as they sound. The unique settings on the heads allow them to deliver a high-pressure stream.

Some models have several settings and features. The massage heads give you a spa-like experience with their multiple settings.

The showerhead comes in fixed, handheld, and dual versions, so you can use in different ways.

12. Eco-performance


An eco-performance showerhead is good if you care about the environment and want to lower your water consumption. They can use as little as 1.5 GPM instead of most showerheads that use up to 2.5 GPM.

13. High-pressure

High-pressure Shower Head

Consider this type for those who take more than two showers a day and do not care about the water bill.

It’s powerful during the evenings and the steady flow of water will relax you at the end of the day. You will also love them if you want a wake-up call in the morning.

However, you can change the spray pattern on some models; they are quite expensive.

14. Shower panels

Shower panels

With a stunning appearance, they feature temperature control and all-direction water spouts while some even have LED screens.

Aside from being handheld, they are used for rinsing and massaging your body during a shower. You also have the opportunity to enhance the look of your bathroom

15. LED

LED Shower Head

When in use, LED showerheads display a variety of colors that can uplift your mood as you take a shower.

You can take your shower experience to a whole new level with this fancy type where lights can flicker in different colors or colors of your choice.

16. RV

RV Shower Head

With space-and water-saving features, these showerheads are mounted on RVs. Investing in one can improve the experiences of campers who travel in RVs.

17. Twin

Twin shower head

Dual-head showerheads are actually two heads in one. Most sprayers have a detachable spray head used for hand-held spraying. When in a hurry in the morning, this is a great way to wash your body while you wash your hair.

A dual showerhead lets you and your partner enjoy a romantic shower together. No more worry about having to alternate under the warm water.

Showerhead Mounts Types

1. Ceiling mount

The showerhead hangs down from the ceiling with this mount. There are many different types of showerheads available with this showerhead. It is rare and requires specialized plumbing.

2. Wall mount

The faucet for the shower emerges from the wall above it. In most cases, wall mount showerheads aren’t very high, which may not be an issue if you are of average height. You may have some trouble using a fixed wall mount if you’re tall.

3. Bar mount

Both of the above types of mounts are represented in this style of mount. A wall-mount showerhead connects to the plumbing. Since it has a bar, the showerhead can go higher than a wall mount one.

With this, you can mount your plumbing on a wall but still have some extra height. Handheld showerheads and dual types of showers are best for this mount.


1. Which showerhead is best for a low-pressure area?

Ans. A rain shower is the best type as they give you low-pressure flow.

2. Do all showerheads have removable flow restrictors?

Ans. Yes, most of them do, from the older styles to the modern ones. You will need to check your manual to find out how to turn it on or off.

About the author

Jenny Molin

Interior Design Artist

Hello, I’m Jenny. I’ve been an interior design artist by profession since my B.S. in Interior Design. I’m a minimalist and prefer to save space when choosing fixtures, sinks and fittings. My style tends to make the most out of the least amount of space. The idea behind every interior design project is unique and it reflects personal style, taste and tradition. I’ve learned more when working than I ever did while I was studying in college. I worked in more than 12 hundred households all across the US and got positive feedback. I’ve been working with FaucetsReviewed as one of the founding members and regularly contributing to the site via testing and reviewing various interior fittings and fixtures.

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